It is Week 12 and the Indianapolis Colts will travel to Houston, Texas to take on the Houston Texans this Thursday at NRG Stadium. The Colts are coming off a lopsided victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars; while the Texans are coming off an even more lopsided defeat against the Baltimore Ravens. Both teams have a 6-4 record and this matchup will give the winner the AFC South lead. These are the Keys to Victory for the Colts:
Get Eric Ebron and Jack Doyle Involved
The Colts’ tight end tandem was not needed against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 11, because the rushing attack was so potent. However, with Deshaun Watson leading the Texans; the Colts will most likely have to throw more. The Colts are thin at receiver if T.Y. Hilton remains out, so Brissett will need to target his big men more often. Ebron had four catches for 27 yards last week, while Doyle was not targeted. The Texans are average at defending the tight end, but Mark Andrews torched them last week. The Colts will need to at least target their tight ends once they get to the red zone.
Feed Jonathan Williams
The Colts will most likely have to pass more; however, if they keep giving the ball to Jonathan Williams, they may be able to keep the Texans offense on the sidelines. Marlon Mack fractured his hand last week, so Jonathan Williams took over the backfield and steamrolled the Jaguars for over 100 yards. The Texans struggle to stop the run; so, if the Colts can keep their ground game going, the Texans may not have many opportunities to score.
Shut Down DeAndre Hopkins
Yes, this is a lot easier said than done. DeAndre Hopkins was the only receiver for the Texans to gain more than 27 yards last week. If the Colts could take him out of any part of the game, their passing offense would fall apart. Carlos Hyde has been effective running the ball this year but the Texans offense cannot function without DeAndre Hopkins. The bad news is that the last time these two teams played, they were torched by Hopkins and Kenny Stills. The Colts pass defense will need to be a lot better if they want to sweep the Texans this season.
Tune in as the 6-4 Colts take on the 6-4 Texans on Fox/NFL this Thursday at 7:20 CT.
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